Kevin McDonough

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor | Program Director, Graduate Non-Thesis Programs

Kevin McDonough
Contact Information
Email address: 
kevin.mcdonough [at]

I am a philosopher of education. My research and teaching interests lie at various intersections of philosophy of education, moral education, democratic citizenship education, philosophy of intellectual disability and inclusive education. I accept PhD and MA (thesis) students with research interests in these areas. 

I have served as co-editor in Chief (since 2015) of Philosophical Inquiry in Education: The Journal of the Philosophy of Education Society of Canada.

I am also a member of the Center for the Study of Learning and Performance at Concordia University.




Areas of expertise: 
  • Philosophy of education
  • Moral and political philosophy
  • Civic education
  • Multicultural education
  • Inclusive education and philosophy of intellectual disability
Departmental Leadership
Tenure-Track Professors
Office hours: 

By appointment

Current research: 

You can get a good sense of my current research interests by looking at my book (co-edited with Walter Feinberg) Citizenship and Education in Liberal-Democratic Societies: Teaching for Cosmopolitan Values and Collective Identities, and the special issue I co-edited (with Ashley Taylor) on Intellectual Ability and Disability: New Questions for Philosophy of Education.

You can also check out my and researchgate pages


Selected publications: 

Refereed Journal Articles 

Disabling Intervention: intellectual disability and the justification of paternalism in education (with Ashley Taylor)

Safeguarding the agency of intellectually disabled learners (with Ashley Taylor)

McDonough, K., Schwimmer, M. (2018). “Mindfulness and ‘Educational New Ageism’: New directions for research”. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education.

McDonough, K., Maxwell, B. & Waddington, D. I. (2015). Teachers, the State and Religious Symbols: a question of professional ethics. Theory and Research in Education.

McDonough, K, Cormier, A. (2013). “Beyond Patriotic Education: Locating the place of nationalism in the public school curriculum”.  Education, Citizenship and Social Justice.

Graduate supervision: 

I supervise PhD and MA students whose research includes a substantial focus on philosophy of education.  In some cases, I accept students whose research includes a qualitative empirical component in addition to a philosophical one.

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